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Salvation Army Reaches Out to Flood Victims - June 9, 2007

Governor Blanco Launches Business Recovery Grant and Loan Program - January 23, 2007

Initiative offers forum on hurricanes - January 6, 2007

Free transportation available for evacuees - January 6, 2007

Hurricane Indemnity Program (Agricultural News) -May 22, 2006






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Residents are able to offer their views on the state's continuing recovery from last year's hurricanes through an upcoming Louisiana speaks initiative.

Louisiana Speaks is an effort to join experts in long-term community planning for areas damaged during hurricanes Katrina and Rita.  Planning has been broken into building, neighborhood, parish and regional tracks.

On January 24, 26, and 28, a special one-hour Louisiana Speaks program will air on LPB and other stations across the state.  The program will explain and demonstrate different recovery options, their potential costs and possible outcomes.  After the program, viewers will be able to call a toll-free number to register their choices.

On January 24, several newspapers in the state will include a special insert that will provide data about different regional decisions and include proposed solutions to South Louisiana's regional challenges.

Citizens can then complete a response sheet that will be included with the insert and either mail it in or drop it at their local library.  They can also respond via an online poll at www.louisianaspeaks.org or call a toll free number with their choices.

Public libraries throughout South Louisiana will serve as polling sites from January 22 to February 10.  Residents can review the scenarios and fill out a response form.  Branches of the Acadia Iberia, Lafayette, St. Martin, St. Mary and Vermilion parish libraries will serve as polling sites.

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Free Transportation Available for Evacuees

Louisiana residents who currently reside in FEMA temporary housing may have access to free motorcoach transportation to essential services, such as banks, grocery stores, and pharmacies.

LA Moves is a transportation program developed and funded by FEMA to address the needs of displaced victims of hurricanes Katrina and Rita living in remote, temporary housing communities without access to public transportation.  The program is scheduled to run until March 21.

LA Moves will serve residents of 27 parishes, including Vermilion, Iberia, Cameron, Lafayette, and St. Mary parishes.  Louisiana residents looking for more information on availability, routes and schedule information may call the LA Moves at 1-888-294-2822 or go to www.lamoves.net 

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Hurricane Indemnity Program - May 22, 2006

Producers who suffered agricultural losses because of last year's hurricanes may be eligible under one or more of the four crop and livestock assistance programs recently announced by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and administered by local offices of the Farm Service Agency.

The four programs include: 

Livestock Indemnity Program will provide payments to eligible livestock owners and contract growers who incurred the death of livestock.  Eligible livestock producers will receive 75% of the livestock's average fair market value.

Feed Indemnity Program will provide payments to eligible livestock owners who suffered feed losses or increased feed costs.

Hurricane Indemnity Program will provide payments to eligible producers who suffered crop losses and received either a Federal Crop Insurance Corporation crop insurance indemnity or an FSA Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program payment.

Tree Indemnity Program will provide payments to eligible owners of commercially grown fruit trees, nut trees, bushes and vines that produce an animal crop and were lost or damaged.

To be eligible for assistance under these programs, a producer's loss must have occurred in one of the parishes that received a primary presidential or secretarial disaster designation because of hurricanes Dennis, Katrina, Ophelia, Rita, or Wilma.  For more information visit U.S. Dept of Agriculture or the  FARM SERVICE AGENCYONLINE


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